Nusa Penida is a tiny island off the coast of Bali in the Indonesian archipelago. Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, and, of course, Nusa Penida make up the Klungkung Regency area, which is made up of three tiny islands. In comparison to Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida Island is fairly huge. Sanur, Benoa Harbour, and Padang Bay are all boatable destinations for the trio of islands. Nusa Penida has a population of roughly 47.000 people that rely on fishing and seaweed farming to survive.
Nusa Penida is the most exotic of the three Nusa Islands, owing to its collection of wonderful beaches, spectacular landscape, and natural cliff formations. Nusa Penida also has a small number of hotels and tourist attractions. Nonetheless, what it lacks in infrastructure, it more than makes up for in unspoiled natural beauty and uncommon cultural attractions.
History of Nusa Penida
In Balinese, Nusa means “island” and Penida means “priests.” As a result, referring to the island as “Nusa Penida Island” isn’t essential – it’d be redundant.
Local Balinese refer to the island as the “Black Magic Island.” Nusa Penida was formerly said to be inhabited by malevolent spirits, banished to the island by the priests of Bali, long before it became a tourist draw for its natural beauty. Despite its unfavorable stigma, Nusa Penida remains a significant religious destination. This is because Bali’s spiritual beliefs demand that the cosmos be in balance, with both good and evil present. Although Kelingking Beach, Angel’s Billabong, and Broken Beach are the most well-known attractions on Nusa Penida nowadays, you can still visit temples where the dark spirit is worshipped — and kept away.
The island of Nusa Penida has remained relatively undeveloped and offers spectacular views, particularly from the cliffs on the island’s west coast. A 150-meter-high cliff plunges into the water along the whole South Coast. Broken Beach and Angel Billabong, Tembeling, Guyangan Waterfall, and Seganing Waterfall, for example, are fantastic photo opportunities. I can also guarantee exhilarating moments to anyone brave enough to walk down to the shore. The island’s north coast is mostly used for seaweed production. The middle of the island is fairly mountainous.
On the island, there are several beautiful beaches. Some beaches in Nusa Penida are easily accessible, such as Crystal Bay and Atuh Beach, while others, such as Kelingking Beach, Gamat Bay, and Suwehan Beach, need a little more effort.
How to get to Nusa Penida Island
Nusa Penida is becoming increasingly popular, and there are now three different ways to visit there on your own.
• From Sanur Beach via speedboat
• From Tanjong Benoa via speedboat
• Padang Bai is accessible via public ferry.
Bali is the most convenient way to go to Nusa Penida. Arrive at Sanur Beach and rent a Jukung boat to carry you to the island in about 90 minutes. The cost of boarding a boat is INR 190.